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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare manage to create excitement and tension in Act 3 scene 1? Looking at the scene from a directors point if view.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework How does Shakespeare manage to create excitement and tension in Act 3 scene 1? Looking at the scene from a directors point if view. After a recent fight between 2 ancient enemies, the Capulets and Montagues Prince Escalus says "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". Friar Lawrence has also secretly married Romeo, a Montague, to Juliet. Their marriage in this story is fragile, these two young people have to break tradition of Capulets hating Montagues for their love for one another. In Act 3 scene 1, tempers are in Verona are high. Benvolio and Mercutio are out on the streets but Benvolio is eager to leave them as he senses the danger in the atmosphere, he should be looking worried and tense, Mercutio would be looking tired and hot. He knows the Capuletes are on the streets and relises the danger he and mercutio could face if they meet them. ...read more.

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Tybalt also calls him a villain, trying to provoke him into a fight. He wanted to fight Romeo at the 'Capulet only' party but couldn't as another Capulet said it would be shameful. Tybalt speaking at the party-"Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting" meaning I'll get him later. Romeo tries to walk away refusing to be angered by Tybalts verbal attacks, he is now secretly married to Juliet and thus is Tybalts kinsman. This action leads to confusion to both the Capulets and Montagues who are present at the scene. Even more so when Romeo calmly says to Tybalt, "But love thee better than thou canst devise". Mercutio see Romeos placid actions as a "Dishonourable, vile submission". Mercutio should say this in a slightly angry way, as if also trying to say 'why aren't you provoking him back, he just insulted you' in an almost ashamed way. Mercutio becomes frustrated at Romeos withdrawal so he steps forward and asks Tybalt to fight. ...read more.

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Romeo believes this fight has been an act of fate "This black day's fate on moe days doth depend" though mercutio sees only his death as the actions of others. When Tybalt returns Romeo is full of anger. By using the words 'effeminate' and 'softened valours steel' it shows his regret for not standing up to Tybalt, instead letting Mercutio become wounded and die. Romeo kills Tybalt in a rash and aggressive manner showing this regret and anger. When Tybalt lies slain Benvolio urges to run as "the Prince will doom thee death". It immediately makes the auience wonder what will happen to Romeos marriage to Juliet. Romeo would then sadly cry "O, I am fortunes fool", emphasizing the role of fate in this story taking us back to the prologue when the chorus refers to a pair of star-crossed lovers. Prince Escalus would arrive on scene quickly and be enraged when told about the killings. "Where are the beginners of this fray?" said in an angry, frustrated loid voice. Benvolio explains to the prince desperately trying to protect Romes part in the fight. ...read more.

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